Boosting Our Capacity:2016 Seminar on Telecommunications Network Administration

Over the past months, several staff of the eGovernment Agency seized the opportunity to develop and strengthen their ICT and related skills. These opportunities came in the form of ICT-based training courses/seminars sponsored by the governments of the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of South Korea, and the Republic of India. This series of articles will focus on each participant’s reflection on the experience. Today, Mr. Sachin Ramsuran (Assistant ICT Engineer, Internet) shares his recent experience. Mr. Ramsuran attended training programme on Telecommunications Network Administration in the People’s Republic of China. The three-week seminar was hosted in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province from the 28th June, 2016.

After an arduous three day journey across three continents, I finally arrived at Wuhan City in the Hubei Province. Over the course of the next three weeks I met new friends from across the world – Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Panama amongst others. Being a true Guyanese, it was easy to bond with persons of different ethnicities and religions.

During the trip I saw several Wonders of the Technological World including 1 MV transmission lines, the 22500 MW Three Gorges Dam Project and 240 Tbps transmission on a single strand of fiber! However, despite accelerating its post-modern development, China has maintained its rich cultural identity. I witnessed a traditional Chinese wedding and tasted the many flavours of Chinese tea.

Overall the training, hosted by Wuhan Research Institute, was excellently delivered via a combination of classroom lectures and practical field visits. Technologies taught included G-PON for last mile fiber optic access to customers, Optical Transport Network for higher capacity fiber backbone network, 4G LTE and Smart Grid for optimised use of power resources.

While Guyana has many baseline ICT requirements that we must achieve before implementing post-modern technologies, the knowledge gained from this course will be useful in helping the eGovernment Agency define its vision for future network deployments. I am most grateful to eGovernment Agency and by extension the Government of Guyana and Government of People’s Republic of China for providing me with this life-changing experience.